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NEWSLETTER: November 2012

Pumpkins in the Park

Among the many things that we are thankful for this season is the support of our PIP volunteers and sponsors. Many thanks to all who volunteered their time and to those whose financial support made the event possible.

Sponsors - Able Services, Adobe, Mike & Christy Akatiff, Blach Construction, Bright Green San Jose, Cisco, Cosmopolitan Catering, eBay Inc., Flagship, Garden City Sanitation, The Health Trust, Hugh Stuart Center Charitable Trust, Kaiser Permanente, Linda Lee Lester, Martinelli’s, NBC11, City of San Jose - Office of Cultural Affairs, PG&E, Radio Disney, Republic Services, SanDisk, S.C. Valley Water District, San Jose Mercury News, San Jose Water Company, Silicon Valley Law Group, Sobrato Development, Valley Crest Landscape, Watershed Watch, West Valley Construction.

Top Five Finish

In a recent Business Journal story, five local architects were asked to pick their favorite stucture in Silicon Valley. UC Berkeley Professor Louise Mozingo chose the park noting, "The best thing in the valley is the Guadalupe River Park. It is a terrific piece of urban ecology and public space. It defines a new zone of mixed-use development that includes high-density office space, civic buildings, and housing, all connected by light rail. At the same time, the seasonal flooding of the river happens as it is supposed to and creates habitat in the middle of the city."

Thanks Professor Mozingo, we couldn't agree more!

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Volunteer Corner

Meet Board Member Michelle M. Peacock
Michelle M. Peacock is Executive Director for Strategy, New Ventures and Markets Government Relations at eBay Inc. She began her government relations career in 1987 with the consumer finance company Beneficial Corp. After stints with Microsoft and Cisco, Michelle joined eBay in 2003 and set up the company’s first state government relations program. Last year, Michelle began a new role, focusing on global government relations for strategy, new ventures and markets for both eBay and the PayPal businesses. She loves trails and joined the GRPC board to be an advocate for the completion of the trail network. Michelle is married, has two children and lives in the historic Willow Glen neighborhood of San Jose. We are grateful for Michelle’s time and talents!


Meet Volunteer Stef Nakagawa
Stef is a student at San Jose State University, and her outgoing personality is a perfect match for our education program. Stef grew up in Santa Clara and is majoring in environmental studies, with a concentration in resource management. She found out about the Conservancy while looking for internship opportunities at the SJSU career center. Stef likes having animals in the visitor center that can be used in the programs and especially enjoys working with the homeschool groups as she is able to see the same kids every week and begin to develop relationships. If you come by the office, you can’t miss Stef - she’s the one with the big friendly smile!

Upcoming Events

Homeschool Series

November theme: The Earth, Inside and Out: Solving the Geologic Mysteries of Planet Earth

Shake, Rattle and Roll
November 7th

Meet a Rockstar: Sandstone
November 14th

Rock Your World
November 21st

Meet a Rockstar: Serpentinite
November 28th

Time: 1:30 – 3 pm
Ages: 5-12
$10 members/$15 non-members per class
$35 members/$55 non-members per series

For more information, click here.

Festive Pumpkin Centerpieces

Tuesday November 20th
6:00 to 8:00 pm
All Ages (14 and under with parent)
$15/members, $20/non-members

Join us for a fun, festive take on fall centerpieces, just in time for Thanksgiving! Learn how take an ordinary pumpkin and turn it into the perfect autumnal display for your Thanksgiving dinner table. We’ll provide beautiful leaves from the river park and the supplies needed to turn your pumpkin into a vase - you bring the pumpkin! Participants are encouraged to bring leaves from their own garden to share, fresh flowers or anything else that inspires them. Pre-registration is required, and space is limited. Sign up.

Annual Holiday Wreath Workshop

Saturday, December 8th
10:00 am to 12:00 pm or
1:30 to 3:30 pm
$25/members, $35/non-members

This annual workshop is so popular; we’ve added an additional time slot. Get ready for the holidays the old-fashioned way by making your own wreath! Master Gardeners, led by Milli Wright, will show us how to look through our gardens and parks to find unusual items that can be incorporated into the wreaths. After a basic design lesson, and examples of other clever projects, you will be ready to create your own personal gift for your home. All basic materials will be provided, but if you have some special greenery, lights or ornaments that you would like to incorporate onto your wreath, feel free to bring them along. Pre-registration is required, and space is limited. For more information, call 408-298-7657. Sign up.

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